Oblivion (2013)

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I was kind of meh about seeing the new Tom Cruise sci-fi film “Oblivion” until 1.) I became aware it was playing at the Uptown, and 2.) I read Kelly Torrance’s review in The Washington Examiner.

I don’t want to spoil anything — but the drones are pretty mean looking, awesome, and remind me of that floating head/blob thing from Big Trouble in Little China — but it was a lot of fun to see on the big screen.

The Farragut Square Pop-Up Bookstore

Did you know there’s a pop-up charity bookstore in Farragut Square through May 15th?!

Me neither, until a friend handed me the flyer she’d been given at the Metro.  AND THEY’VE APPARENTLY BEEN DOING THIS SINCE LIKE 2009.  WTF.  How’d I miss it?

Benefiting DC Public Schools, the store is located at 1030 17th Street NW (that’s on the west side of 17th between K & L Streets).

Last thing in the world I need is more books (have you seen the photos of my apartment?!), but I couldn’t resist; I’ve already been twice, and I’ve got plans to go twice more.  There’s a pretty good selection of books, and many are in good or like-new condition.

And if you’re looking for copies of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or Eat, Pray, Love, hooboy are you in the right place.


snatch and grab

Last night was the first time I’ve taken the Metro since early February; it was close to midnight and I was off the train at Woodley Park, waiting for the crowd to disperse up the escalators before bothering to make my way through what would otherwise be a bottlenecked exit.

By the time I realized what had happened, the victim was looking mournfully at the train with its closed doors, and the perpetrator and his friends were already on the mezzanine; my head was starting to throb, the alcohol from an evening in Alexandria was still in my system, and I’d just witnessed an aborted snatch-and-grab, a young African-American kid in a white t-shirt waiting until the last second to bolt off the train, holding a smart phone, its owner in close pursuit shouting “POLICE! POLICE!”, and the kid throwing the phone over his shoulder, at which point the phone’s owner went for the phone and abandoned his chase.